Tuesday, 30 June 2009
...and the response from the Obama administration ? The inquisition...Mr. Carlin is instead an explanation for why the science debate is little reported in this country. The professional penalty for offering a contrary view to elites like Al Gore is a smear campaign. The global-warming crowd likes to deride skeptics as the equivalent of the Catholic Church refusing to accept the Copernican theory. The irony is that, today, it is those who dare critique the new religion of human-induced climate change who face the Inquisition...more here...
(Flying torts for Master F.D. only.Click on image to enlarge.)
...and...There is little that has been more corrosive for politics than the rise of the ‘professional’ politician: those who went to university to read politics, became a political ‘adviser’ or ‘researcher’, made the right contacts to be awarded a ‘safe seat’, and then became a politician. Such people have never held a real job and have never attained a status in the world by which the mettle of their life might be tested. These are not rounded people: they are party apparatchiks – automatons programmed for nothing but being ‘on message’. They are political poodles...think most of the NZ Labour party...more from Cranmer here...
Monday, 29 June 2009
To assess the feelings of all NZ'ers about defence, and in an attempt to justify withdrawal from the ANZUS pact, the Labour Government of 1986, headed by David Lange, instituted a Defence Review Committee. The Committee was chaired by a retired Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Jack Corner, and included a confirmed anti-nuclear "peace" advocate and Quaker, Dr Kevin Clements. The Committee sat, collected over 4800 submissions, and in due course reported its findings back to the Lange government. Among them was a clear unequivocal statement from Dr Clements that "it was neither realistic or rational to continue the anti-nuclear struggle from outside of the (ANZUS) alliance." With those courageous words Kevin Clements summarily executed the NZ "peace" movement, and in effect obliterated the Labour pretence that its anti-nuclear stance was apolitical. Furthermore, the committee's full findings severely embarrassed the Lange government in that it endorsed and emphasised the importance of the ANZUS pact to genuine peace and regional stability.
With this public rebuttal to their anti-American and anti-nuclear foreign policy stance, the Lange government had to pretend that NZ existed in a "benign strategic environment". However, to their dismay, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev publically emphasised the importance of a Soviet presence in the south Pacific. However, the Lange government persisted and withdrew from ANZUS amidst great bitterness and rancour, and the eventual ousting of Lange as Prime Minister was guaranteed. In this climate, with a radical anti-US foreign policy stance clearly at odds with the wishes of the majority of the electorate, the movement to help develop true participatory democracy via Citizens Initiated Referendums (CIR) was born.
CIR was the main plank of the groups Freedom and Individual Responsibility (FAIR), National Reform, and The One New Zealand Foundation. Of those groups, the in house National Party splinter group National Reform succeeded in pushing for the adoption of referendum on demand to be included in the election manifesto of the opposition National Party. Since that time numerous referendums have been held (and ignored, largely under the last 9 years of Helen Clark's Labour rule), and we have now come to the point where the general public of NZ will soon vote via a postal referendum on the weighty matter of whether a parental smack to an errant child should or should not be, a criminal offence. Marxist list Labour MP Sue Bradford of course insists it should, and parental instinct and reaction throughout the country will deliver her via the referendum a short two word, two syllable rebuttal. F*** off.
The point of all this ? With rejection of the "anti-smacking" law, Sue Bradford and other domestic champions of state control via UN statute have had to adopt the platform of a strategic managed retreat; that is to emphasise the cost of the referendum and its non-binding nature. The dead rat that they have had to swallow in the process however, is that thanks to C.I.R. their authority over the electorate is limited to election time, and that given a chance, voters will show their disdain for them and their political bullying via referendums on demand on contentious issues.
To put this referendum and issue in context, the anti-smacking legislation of 2009 is the equivalent of the anti-nuclear, anti-US posturing of 1986. This time however, NZ'ers can speak with a clear and direct voice ...
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
...A spokesman for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the group was stunned to see the President swat and kill a fly during an interview Tuesday on CNBC. PETA said it would be sending Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside...more here...
"Bob was a wonderful husband and provider," said the widow, Mrs. Vivian Vvzzvzwwzzz, wiping tears from her compound eyes. "Even though he was always busy at the Rose Garden turd pile, he always flew home in time to tuck in our maggots."
"The President's treatment of the Fly community has been extremely disappointing," said Newkirk. "He almost seemed to relish his bloodthirsty attack on Mr. Vvzzvzwwzzz. It's obvious he's in the pocket of Big Manure."...more here...
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
And if global warming does not kill us, then obesity or heart disease will thanks to an addiction to junk food and salt...but a new book, compiled by Stanley Feldman, a professor of anaesthetics at London University, and Vincent Marks, a former professor of clinical biochemistry and dean of medicine at the University of Surrey, are questioning the end of the world and healthy eating tips...the pair discuss Global Warming And Other Bollocks: The Truth About All Those Science Scare Stories, where they examine the "facts" behind global warming, the future of polar bears...Maldives property owners are so confident the sea is receding, they are building a number of upmarket seafront hotels. Tuvalu in the Pacific, often seen as being most at risk of flooding, has actually seen a fall in sea levels...Warmer climate and an increase in CO2 could be good for farming and agriculture. Less severe winters will also allow more crops to be grown...more here...
...and order from Amazon here...
"CONSCIOUS OF THE URGENT NEED TO REFORM THE EU ON THE BASIS OF EUROREALISM, OPENNESS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEMOCRACY, IN A WAY THAT RESPECTS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR NATIONS AND CONCENTRATES ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY, GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS, THE EUROPEAN CONSERVATIVES AND REFORMISTS GROUP SHARES THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:
1. Free enterprise, free and fair trade and competition, minimal regulation, lower taxation, and small government as the ultimate catalysts for individual freedom and personal and national prosperity.
2. Freedom of the individual, more personal responsibility and greater democratic accountability.
3. Sustainable, clean energy supply with an emphasis on energy security.
4. The importance of the family as the bedrock of society.
5. The sovereign integrity of the nation state, opposition to EU federalism and a renewed respect for true subsidiarity.
6. The overriding value of the transatlantic security relationship in a revitalised NATO, and support for young democracies across Europe.
7. Effectively controlled immigration and an end to abuse of asylum procedures.
8. Efficient and modern public services and sensitivity to the needs of both rural and urban communities.
9. An end to waste and excessive bureaucracy and a commitment to greater transparency and probity in the EU institutions and use of EU funds.
10. Respect and equitable treatment for all EU countries, new and old, large and small."
This declaration will, if it survives, reverberate around the world. The small group of EuroMP's that gather around it have the means to make history as true reformers. The left will hate them and it, (see cartoon from The Independent left, click on to enlarge) as it lays the foundation for a reversal of the constipated bureaucracy that stifles European capitalism, and diminishes individual responsibility and threatens energy security. Bravo that man ! More here...
Friday, 19 June 2009
On Monday Senator Fielding had a meeting with the Minister for Climate Change, Penny Wong, and asked the following questions so he can make an informed decision on whether or not an emissions trading scheme is the best course of action for Australia to take to deal with climate change and global warming.
If so, why did the temperature not increase; and how can human emissions be to blame for dangerous levels of warming?
If the warming was not unusual, why is it perceived to have been caused by human CO2 emissions; and, in any event, why is warming a problem if the Earth has experienced similar warmings in the past?
If so, why is it assumed that long-term climate projections by the same models are suitable as a basis for public policy making?
...Ocean temperatures have only been measured in any detail or to any depth for five years, by the Argo buoys. And as that article says, “Josh Willis of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has reported that the Argo system has shown no ocean warming since it started in 2003. “There has been a very slight cooling, but not anything really significant””. The Argo buoys have been recalibrated, and for a while they showed a slight warming trend. The latest result seems to be slight cooling: see the graphs on this Argo site.The ocean temperature data is sufficient to prove that the IPCC are wrong about the climate (the rise would have to be over a certain amount to confirm the IPCC case)...more here...
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
...and from The Resilient Earth...Earth's climate system is amazingly complex and modeling is fraught with pitfalls and danger for even the most experienced computer scientists. No climate model predicted the current downturn in global temperatures, though many are now scrambling to predict possible decades of unchanging or cooling climate “within the general warming trend.” Still, climate science remains enthralled by its computerized playthings. I have to echo Professor Pielke's question, how many years of wrong results are necessary before we reject the IPCC reports and the models they are based on? ...more here...
...and from Roy Spencer PhD...it is interesting that the modern belief that our carbon emissions have caused the climate system to rebel are not that different from ancient civilizations that made sacrifices to the gods of nature in their attempts to get nature to cooperate. Technology might have changed over time, but it seems human nature has remained the same.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
"...The cognitive behavior of Western intellectuals faced with the accomplishments of their own society, on the one hand, and with the socialist ideal and then the socialist reality, on the other, takes one's breath away. In the midst of unparalleled social mobility in the West, they cry 'caste.' In a society of munificent goods and services, they cry either 'poverty' or 'consumerism.' In a society of ever richer, more varied, more productive, more self-defined, and more satisfying lives, they cry 'alienation.' In a society that has liberated women, racial minorities, religious minorities, and gays and lesbians to an extent that no one could have dreamed possible just fifty years ago, they cry 'oppression.' In a society of boundless private charity, they cry 'avarice.' In a society in which hundreds of millions have been free riders upon the risk, knowledge, and capital of others, they decry the 'exploitation' of the free riders. In a society that broke, on behalf of merit, the seemingly eternal chains of station by birth, they cry 'injustice.' In the names of fantasy worlds and mystical perfections, they have closed themselves to the Western, liberal miracle of individual rights, individual responsibility, merit, and human satisfaction. Like Marx, they put words like 'liberty' in quotation marks when these refer to the West…."
From Alan Charles Kors' essay Can There Be an "After Socialism" ...more about A.C.Kors here...with thanks to poster EBD at SmallDeadAnimals...
...and from Moonbattery..."We don't need proof to execute a man. We only need proof that it's necessary to execute him. A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate." Che Guevara
...and from Harmless Sky a fascinating analysis of the recent European parliamentary elections, pointing to a comprehensive defeat for the green left and their ideas...What seems to have emerged from the elections, in which climate change played a relatively minor part, is that a party which is sceptical about global warming came from nowhere to run the ruling party into third place; that the ruling party, which has the highest profile position on global warming, performed abysmally; and that the Green Party, which is the only one entirely devoted to environmental matters, seemed unable to make major gains when, apparently, their time had come and everything was in their favour.
Whatever the politicians, scientists, and the media may be telling voters about climate change, it would seem that this is not feeding through into radical re-alignment of voting patterns. The people who had most cause for rejoicing on election night were undoubtedly UKIP, whose scepticism about the grand European project, and one of its crucial policies - fighting climate change - triumphed at the ballot box...more here..
Monday, 15 June 2009
From Emeritus Professor Philip Stott “‘Global warming’ has become the grand political narrative of the age, replacing Marxism as a dominant force for controlling liberty and human choices..."
As the deadline for Copenhagen draws closer we can expect the exhibitionist green reds to display their colours and their hysteria more frequently. By their banners you will know them...with thanks to Australian Climate Madness...
...and be very afraid of Iran...President Ahmadinejad has pledged his life to the ‘liberation of Palestine’, and he now has four more years to fulfil the divine will.This is Iran’s final solution.And the world’s Obamageddon...more from Cranmer here...
Friday, 12 June 2009
Caution; lyrics are like, BLUNT, but the message could not be clearer... I wonder whether public comment like this via the net and blogs spells the death knell for mass voluntary union membership and destructive bullying unionism, of the type we came to know and abhor in the 70's and 80's ?...and to deal with those bolshie train drivers ? Harry Hutton's been in touch with a gunsmith...
Could you possibly make me a high-velocity sniper's rifle, that could be disguised as a walking stick? It is for purely recreational sniping, you understand, and would not be used in acts of politically-motivated terror. I give you my word on that. I am not a murderer. Why would I wish to kill my fellow man, unless he was sinning?
Money is no object, but it must be accurate enough consistently to bring down sinners at distances of up to half a mile. I would never, I assure you, take up arms to smite my fellow man, without detailed and specific instructions from God our father, or one of
his angels. Woe unto the heathen on that day! The Lord shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Please send me estimates on price, delivery time, etc. And could you get hold of some explosive-tipped ammunition (for the "right price", naturally)? If the worst came to the worst, and we were absolutely forced to liquidate a heathen, we wouldn't want to leave any ballistic evidence, you see.
But we pray it will never come to that.
Awake unto righteousness, and sin not.
H.Hutton...the gunsmith got back to Harry, as did some of his mate. Heathens and striking train drivers, look out...more here...
...and more too, from Butch, one of the most articulate and interesting people to be found in the blogosphere, a quote from Marcus Aurelius, an exhortation for our teeth grinding times..“Does anything befall you? It is good. Anything that befalls you is a part of your destiny, intended for you alone, and is a part of the great web of the universe.”...and to close for today, from the deliciously named Orange County Register, this gem...It’s hard to keep a worldwide hoax going. Sooner or later there are leaks in the balloon and the hot air seeps out, sort of global-warming style.Even mainline press accounts increasingly are puncturing the global warming balloon. The Washington Post recently pointed out that Al Gore’s dire predictions of devastating 20-foot rising seas caused by global warming are, well, all wet...more here...
Thursday, 11 June 2009
I say "former" gatekeepers of correct thought because that is surely the other thing now happening that scares these people. The internet, as we enthusiasts for it have been saying ever since it got started as a mass phenomenon a decade ago or more, entitles people to say whatever they like. They no longer need the permission of anybody more important to reach a quite large audience with an opinion that quite large numbers of people agree with but which the Gatekeepers disapprove of and want suppressed...more here...
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
...note also the classic Denis Dutton article "Fear mongering greens doom children to death"
...The daily lives of the funemployed have never been more public. Many post Flickr sets of their globe-trotting vacations, proudly showing off a deep-bronze tan and washboard ribcage. Others blog about their latest amusing malnourishment hallucination, or broadcast via Twitter the day's weighty menu choices, as @roadkillgourmet did last week when deciding between raccoon and armadillo....stories like Greenleaf and Browning's represent more than just a hip new lifestyle trend among America's urbane unemployable literati. By thumbing their collective nose at employment, Lester said they also are sending a clear message to corporate America."America's increasingly savvy and educated funemployed are demanding much more from the companies laying them off," Lester said. "Until these failing companies somehow figure out how to meet the expectations of the young workers they don't need, it's unclear where our next generation of layoffs will come from...more from the maestro here...
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Until recently I, like most Australians, simply accepted without question the notion that global warming was a result of increased carbon emissions. However, after speaking to a cross-section of noted scientists, including Ian Plimer, a professor at the University of Adelaide and author of Heaven and Earth, I quickly began to understand that the science on this issue was by no means conclusive. At the conference I attended on Tuesday hosted by the Heartland Institute, I heard views that challenged the Rudd government’s set of “facts”. Views that could not be dismissed as mere conspiracy theories, but that were derived using proper scientific analysis. The idea that climate change is a result of the variation in solar activity and not related to the increase of CO2 into the atmosphere is not something I can remember ever being discussed in the media. The question of whether global warming is a new phenomenon or something that is just part of the naturally occurring 1500-year climate cycle was never raised in any of the discussions I have had with the Rudd government. Has the government considered these questions, or has it just accepted the one scientific explanation for climate change at face value?
Monday, 8 June 2009
The Tories’ success means that Cameron will face one of the toughest challenges of his leadership: taking the party out of the main centre-right EPP-ED grouping in Strasbourg and establishing a new pan-European Eurosceptic group. Under the EU parliament’s rules, the Tories must include MEPs from at least seven member countries to form a grouping.
Cameron has faced criticism from party grandees and former senior diplomats because his group will be dominated by socially conservative parties from eastern Europe. The two biggest parties that have pledged to join the new group are the ODS from the Czech Republic, whose founder, Vaclav Klaus, has questioned many current assumptions about climate change, and Poland’s Law and Justice party, whose founders have made homophobic statements...more here...
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Now standing up to be counted is one of the world's leading physicists Freeman Dyson, Dyson is scathing of climate models, and climate modellers...I mean it’s a fact that they don’t know how to model (the climate)... and the question is, how does it happen that they end up believing their models? But I have seen that happen in many fields. You sit in front of a computer screen for 10 years and you start to think of your model as being real. It is also true that the whole livelihood of all these people depends on people being scared. Really, just psychologically, it would be very difficult for them to come out and say, “Don’t worry, there isn’t a problem.” It’s sort of natural, since their whole life depends on it being a problem.
The Wall Street Journal takes a similar sceptical viewpoint in its editorial, calling Annan's report "Worse than Fiction" and observing... ...the Annan report deserves even closer scrutiny as an example of the sleight of hand that so often goes with the politics of global warming....the numbers here are a lot less scary when put into context. Malaria kills an estimated one million people a year, while AIDS claims an estimated two million. As for the economic costs, $125 billion is slightly less than the GDP of New Zealand. Question: Are targeted campaigns using proven methods to spare the world three million AIDS and malaria deaths a year a better use of scarce resources than a multitrillion-dollar attempt to re-engineer the global economy and save, at most, a tenth that number? We'd say yes... if the case for global warming is so open and shut, why the need for a report as disingenuous as Mr. Annan's?
...and from Christopher Brooker in the Daily Telegraph...the Arctic ice has failed to disappear...it is now not far off its 30-year mean. Al Gore's polar bears have failed to drown. The ice in the Antarctic is actually way above its 30-year average. Except in the minds of Kofi Annan, Lord Stern and Prince Charles's assembled worthies, the threatened catastrophe seems not to be happening. Meanwhile, on the planet where the rest of us live, the prospects for a new treaty in December, which according to an estimate by the International Energy Agency would cost us all $45 trillion, are not looking too hot. The Chinese and the Indians insist that, since all this global warming is the fault of the developed world, they will only sign the treaty if we agree to pay them $300 billion a year. The Africans and South Americans make similar demands...(H/T PKH)
...so why the need for alarm and scare stories? Simply because the case for man made climatastrophe is a lie, based on fear, overstatement and disinformation, and becoming more untenable by the day...
Friday, 5 June 2009
...Gerald and Helen Goode, their children and dog Che (when supervised, he is a vegan; when unsupervised, squirrels disappear) live in a college town, where T-shirts and other media instruct ("Meat is murder"), admonish ("Don't kill wood") and exhort ("Support our troops ... and their opponents"). The college, where Gerald works, gives students tenure. And when Gerald says his department needs money to raise the percentage of minority employees, his boss cheerily replies, "Or we could just fire three white guys. Everybody wins!" Helen shops at the One Earth store, where community shaming enforces social responsibility: "Attention One Earth shoppers, the driver of the SUV is in aisle four. He's wearing the baseball cap..."
...more here... A MUST SEE SHOW !
Thursday, 4 June 2009
Dr. Pielke has published over 330 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 50 chapters in books, co-edited 9 books, and made over 700 presentations during his career to date. A listing of papers can be viewed at the project website: http://cires.colorado.edu/science/groups/pielke/pubs/ . He also launched a science weblog in 2005 to discuss weather and climate issues. This weblog was named one of the 50 most popular Science blogs by Nature Magazine on July 5, 2006 and is located at http://climatesci.org.
In “Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC),” coauthors Dr. S. Fred Singer and Dr. Craig Idso and 35 contributors and reviewers present an authoritative and detailed rebuttal of the findings of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on which the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress rely for their regulatory proposals.
The authors cite thousands of peer-reviewed research papers and books that were ignored by the IPCC, plus additional scientific research that became available after the IPCC’s self-imposed deadline of May 2006...read on, more here...
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
TEMPERATURE: LOWEST EVER FOR MAY FOR MANY AREAS, COLDER THAN NORMAL FOR ALL
The national average temperature of 9.0 °C for May 2009 was 1.6 °C below average for this time of the year. Temperatures were below average (by between 2.0 and 2.5 °C) over most of the South Island, lower parts of the North Island, King Country, Waikato, Auckland and parts of Northland. Most other locations experienced well below average temperatures (between 1.2 and 2.0 °C lower than normal). Record low May maximum or minimum temperatures were recorded in multiple locations throughout the country...more here...
H/T Maksimovich at WuWT
...and thought for the day..."Too much democracy" - the number one reason that socialists run out of money. H/T SmallDeadAnimals
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
...the formation of low-level clouds...that have a cooling effect on Earth's climate—has vexed climate scientists for years. Current climate models treat cloud cover simplistically and make the assumption that cloud cover decreases as temperatures rise. New data from a cloud sampling experiment indicates that biological material—bacteria, spores and plant material—may account for 1/3 of the airborne material involved in cloud formation. Furthermore, biological material can form clouds at much warmer temperatures than mineral dust. These new discoveries indicate that modelers have the effects of temperature on low cloud cover backwards, placing all model predictions in doubt...In climate change science, which derives many of its projections from computer simulations of climate phenomena, the actions of aerosols on clouds represent what scientists consider the greatest uncertainty in modeling predictions for the future...aerosols' role in cloud formation had been inadequately portrayed in climate models...These are just the latest revelations about the shaky foundations climate models are built upon...missing factors and erroneous feedback loops highlight how arbitrary decisions, which happen to reinforce the modeler's desired result, can undermine a model's veracity. Nobody denies that atmospheric CO2 increases environmental heating. The problem is that, relative to other forcings, this is a small effect that is quickly overwhelmed by other factors. A slight change in cloud cover can completely nullify any effect of CO2, and we have no way of accurately predicting cloud cover—certainly not with the models currently available...more at TheResilientEarth here...
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